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How to Plan a Trip to China from Malaysia

The economic and cultural exchange between China and Malaysia has begun in ancient times with the opening up of maritime Silk Road. In nowadays, an increasing number of tourists plan to travel to China from Malaysia. However, many of them feel overwhelmed by its different cultures, customs, and dining habits. To insist you in planning a trip to China, here are step-by-step travel guide about when to visit, China visa, Muslim-friendly holiday destinations, Halal food in China, China trip itinerary, etc. For overseas Chinese who are keen to have a family root tour to China, you may feel free to ask us for travel advice and tour packages. 

Trip to China from Malaysia

Where is China?

Check the map of China location we craft, you can see China is located in East Asia, west of Pacific Ocean, the eastern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. It neighbors 20 countries, including Japan, Korea, North Korea, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Russia, Nepal, India etc.        

The Distance from Malaysia to China

According to the location of these two countries, the shortest air travel distance between China (Beijing) and Malaysia is 3,512 km / 2,182 miles. 

Time Difference between India and China

The territory of China is across five time zones, though, it uses UTC/GMT+08:00 as standard time. We call it China Standard Time. So china and Malaysia are located in the same time zone. There is not time difference between the two countries.  

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Geographic Differences between China and Malaysia
GPS Coordinates (DMS)
35° 51´ 41.9760'' N
104° 11´ 43.4400'' E
4° 12´ 37.7280'' N
101° 58´ 32.7720'' E
Average Elevation
1084 m (6,037 ft)
538 m (1,765 ft)

When to Go - Best Time to Visit China

When planning your trip to China, you may need to know China weather and Climate in advance, and more importantly, the best time to visit China. The climate of China is quite different from that of Malaysia. Malaysia's climate is categorized as tropical rainforest climate, being hot and humid throughout the year. While China has four distinctive seasons. 

Spring goes from March to May, when most parts are still a bit chill. Summer is from June to August, hot and rainy. Autumn is from September to November of the mildest weather, while winter is from December to next February, when the country turns to be extremely cold (especially in North China and northern Tibet, and except some parts of South China). 
For our clients from Malaysia, we usually suggest them to visit China between April and November. Autumn from September to October is recommended by most tourists as the best time to visit China, as it is the most beautiful season in China, with colorful fall foliage. >> Further reading for best time to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin and other tourist cities
You are also encouraged to travel to Harbin or northern China in winter to embrace the ice and snow, for a special and fun-filled New Year Holiday. If you plan a China tour in winter, you may expect a lower price than normal (except Harbin), as it is the off-peak season of tourism in China.  
Time to avoid traveling to China: China National Day Holiday, or the so-called crazy Golden Week on October 1-7, when all sights are packed with domestic tourists

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How to Apply for a Chinese Visa for Malaysian

Do Malaysian nationals need a Chinese visa? All foreigners, including Malaysian passport holders, are required to obtain a visa to travel to mainland China. So you have to prepare the necessary documents and submitted your application to Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Malaysia. >>  How to Apply for China Visa
The requirements of china visa for Malaysian citizens: You may apply for L-Visa as a tourist, which allows you a stay of maximum 30 days in China. The required documents include valid passport, a fully complicated visa application form and recently-taken passport size photograph, proof of finances, confirmed round-trip air ticket booking, proof of hotel reservation, etc.
144-hour Convenient Visa to Guangdong Province’s 10 cities offers simplified entry and exit procedures to passengers who have just visited Hong Kong and Macau and allows them to stay for not longer than 144 hours (6 days) without China visa.
Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Kuala Lumpur
Address: Level 5 & 6, Hampshire Place Office, Jalan Mayang Sari, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Business Hours: Monday-Friday (except Public Holidays). Closed on Saturdays, Sundays.
Submission of applications: 9:00 to 15:00.
Payment and collection: 9:00 to 16:00.
Tel: +60-3-2176 8888
Fax: +60-3-2161 2234 
E-mail: klcentre@visaforchina.org
Visa Office in Penang
Address: Ground Floor,17 Lebuh Bishop,10200 Georgetown,Pulau Pinang
Business Hours: Monday-Friday (except Public Holidays). Closed on Saturdays, Sundays.
Submission of applications: 9:00 to 15:00.
Payment and collection: 9:00 to 16:00.
Tel: +60-3-2176 0888
Fax: +60-4-2519 785
E-mail: penangcentre@visaforchina.org

Regarding Hong Kong Visa and Macau visa

Malaysian passport holders are exempt from visa if traveling to Hong Kong for a stay of within 90 days, or to Macau for a stay of within 30 days.

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Entry Cities - How to Get to China from Malaysia

For your tour to China from Malaysia, the entry cities can be not restricted to the main hubs like Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, as direct flights has connected Malaysia with over 20 cities in China, which are provincial capitals, transportation hubs or top tourist destinations in all parts of China. So now you have more choices on the gateway cities and travel routes. 
You may fly directly to Chengdu to stay several days with giant pandas. Or if your interest lies in natural scenery, make your way by non-stop flights to Guilin from Kuala Lumpur for surreal Karst landscape, and proceed on your vacation to Yangshuo. 

Non-stop Flights to China from Malaysia

Currently there are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Malaysia to Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chongqing, Xian, and other cities, operated by Singapore Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airline, Scoot, Xiamen Airline and some other airlines. The air journey is around 4 to 6 hours.
Arrival City in China
Notes for Schedule
Kuala Lumpur

Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xiamen, Changsha, Shantou, Xian

Daily flights
Kuala Lumpur

Nanning, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Haikou, Fuzhou, Guilin

Several flights a week to each city

Hong Kong, Guangzhou
Daily flights
Wuhan, Kunming    

Several flights a week to each city

Notes: The air route and flight schedule are for reference only. Please check the official website of each airline for the accurate information and the airfares.  

Malaysia to China direct flights

Where to Go – Best Muslim-friendly Destinations in China for Malaysian Tourists 

With convenient transportation between Malaysia and China, your china tour can be only several days just for one city you are interested in. But around or more than 10 days China tour will allow you to have an-depth visit and experience the authentic local life. For Malaysian tourists in China, we highly recommend cities with Muslim sites and mosques. And you don’t need to worry about the foods, as there are Halal food restaurants in all big cities. 
>> Further reading about Muslim Travel in China

Top Places for First Trip to China & What to See

Beijing: The must-visit destination for your first trip to China, Beijing offers a lot to see and explore, with both world-class historical sites and remarkable modern architectures. The history of Muslim in Beijing can be traced back to over 700 years ago during Yuan Dynasty. Today, there are large Muslim communities and many famous mosques in Beijing. 
Xian: One of the oldest city and the most famous ancient capital in China, where the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum is situated, Xian is also one of the top Muslim travel destinations in China. There are Muslim streets and communities, very good Muslim foods, as well as the famous Great Mosque. 
Shanghai: No one fails to love Shanghai, including Muslim travelers. It features not only modern architecture wonders and important Chinese cultural attractions, but also numerous Muslim sites, mosques, communities and century-old Muslim restaurants… Plan an extension trip from Shanghai? You may visit Suzhou, Mt. Huangshan and Hangzhou. 
Yunnan: More and more people plan to visit Yunnan, not only to Kunming for Stone Forest, but also to the beautiful towns of Dali and Lijiang, stunning Yuanyang Field Terraces, as well as mysterious Shangri-La. For Muslim tourists, there are 820 mosques in Yunnan. 

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More Recommended Destinations to Visit in China

Ancient Silk Road: A legendary route dotted with many historical towns and important cultural sites and now a UNESCO cultural heritage, Silk Road is where you will discover profound Muslim culture and traditions in China, by traveling to Gansu or Xinjiang. What’s more, there are deserts, oasis, Danxia Geography Park of Zhangye… 
Chengdu: The city is quite popular among Malaysian travelers. They are addicted to its time-honored traditions, quaint tea houses, and a dozen ancient towns nearby. And you will never forget that Chengdu is the hometown of giant panda, thus you can have a close contact with these cutest fur balls and even hug a panda baby.
Guilin & Yangshuo: The top things to do and must-visit attractions include Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Longji Terraced Fields and Karst caves (Reed Flute Cave or Silver Cave). It is also worth visiting Xingping Town and the surreal hills. 
Zhangjiajie: if you plan to venture into the great nature of China, Zhangjiajie is the best place to visit. The quartz sandstone peak forest landform is rare on earth, and a skywalk on the Glass Bridge is nerve-wracking yet totally rewarding.
● Fujian                             ●Tibet                                ● Yangtze Cruise                           ● Jiuzhaigou      

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Recommended China Tour Packages

Top China Travel, the leading China tour specialist since 1959, offer all inclusive China tours to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Yunnan and more. Below we list China Muslim tours, as well as travel packages that are suitable for overseas Chinese. Please feel free to send us an enquiry or contact us for a tailor-made China tour to meet your personal needs.

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: China Great Wall, Forbidden City, Niujie Mosque, Temple of Heaven, hutong, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Great Mosque, Muslim Street, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Xiaotaoyuan Mosque
Why Recommended: The most classical China tour itinerary is especially suitable for your first trip. You are going to visit the big-name attractions, as well as the renowned historical Muslim sites and communities in China. 

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong
Highlight Attractions: China Great Wall, Forbidden City, Niujie Mosque, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, hutong, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Muslim Street, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Victoria Peak, Aberdeen
Why Recommended: A well-crafted Muslim tour in China, you will experience local Muslim culture and life in China, apart from visiting ancient architecture wonders, UNESCO world natural and cultural heritages.

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chongqing, Yichang, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Li River, Yangshuo, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai Tower
Why Recommended: Take a relaxed and enjoyable China holiday to the best tourist destinations in China, including ancient capitals and heaven-like places.

Destinations: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Highlight Attractions: Green Lake, Stone Forest, Dali Ancient Town, Three Pagodas, Erhai Cruise, Lijiang Ancient Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzanlin Lamasery, Potatse National Park
Why Recommended: Yunnan of Southwest China is a majestic land to be discovered. By taking this tour, you’ll visit the most popular destinations in Yunnan, with wonderful experience of both culture and nature. 

World Travelers' Reviews on Our China Tours

For decades, we have arranged China travel packages for many Malaysian tourists, e.g. Mr. Zhang (8 pax), who took a 5 days Fujian China Tour. Check what he said: 
“Our trip to China was wonderful. You were outstanding in putting together our excursions. Your professionalism was truly impressive. Everything was perfect. One of my highlights on our trip was being able to meet you in person. I will definitely recommend TCT to all my friends and especially you. You are a true professional and a real asset to your company. 
Thanks again “ 

Travel Tips and Advice

To plan your trip to China fro Malaysia, you also need guidance for the preparation and tips when traveling in China.
► What to Pack: Bring with passport, China visa and other required documents, the contact list with your hotel info and contact number of local guides (your travel consultant of TCT will send to you in advance), suitable clothes for different seasons, etc.  
► How to use phone & access internet in China: follow our guidance, you can use mobile phone and access internet (and Facebook, Instagram, etc) when traveling in China
► Accommodation in China: China hotels are classified according to the international standard. Check for different classes and what top China travel arrange for our clients.  
► Travel in China by plane: When taking China domestic flights, you are supposed to know the luggage allowance and restrictions in advance. There are also tips if you are traveling with kid or baby. 
► Tips for travel in China by train: Try bullet train in China. Here are useful tips for the train ticket booking procedure and how to take a train in China. 
Malaysia Embassy in China: Street address and contact number of the Embassy of Malaysia in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou